iOS and iPadOS 16.5 are stopping Apple's Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter from working

Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter
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Since Apple released iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5 and other updates on May 18, users have been reporting that one of Apple's adapters is refusing to work with any devices that have updated to it.

Apple's Lightning to USB 3.0 adapter has two ports - one for USB-C and another for USB-A. These allow an iPhone or iPad with a lightning connector to move images and videos to another device or use something else that has certain a USB port.

Users on Reddit have spotted that it refused to work with devices that were running 16.5 on iPhones and iPads, and while 16.6 has already been released for developers, the bug is still present there.

We've reached out to Apple as to whether this bug will be fixed in a minor release soon.

Back when lightning was the only option

Lightning cable and iPhone port

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The lightning port was introduced with the iPhone 5 back in 2012, followed by the iPad 4 in 2013. This was Apple's new way of moving away from the 30-pin port that had been around since the first iPod back in 2001.

But due to its size and design, which meant you had to plug it in a certain way, it became clunky, and as these devices became thinner, it was a port that had to go.

It could be argued that Lightning preceded the USB-C port - it's a similar size, and it's reversible, so you can plug it in any way, but that's where the similarities end.

Its data transfer speeds have always been locked to USB 2.0, and while there have been fast-charging wires brought out to improve charging speeds, you're still restricted to USB 2.0 when you plug in an iPhone 14 Pro.

This is where the adapter has been useful for so many iPhone users - instead of using a wireless connection to transfer media, this has been a great way of doing it locally to a MacBook.

But even though this looks to be a bug, rumors of iPhone 15 finally having USB-C may make this adapter irrelevant - so if you have one of these, it may be time to start planning an upgrade anyway.

Daryl Baxter
Features Editor

Daryl is iMore's Features Editor, overseeing long-form and in-depth articles and op-eds. Daryl loves using his experience as both a journalist and Apple fan to tell stories about Apple's products and its community, from the apps we use every day to the products that have been long forgotten in the Cupertino archives.

Previously Software & Downloads Writer at TechRadar, and Deputy Editor at StealthOptional, he's also written a book, 'The Making of Tomb Raider', which tells the story of the beginnings of Lara Croft and the series' early development. His second book, '50 Years of Boss Fights', came out in June 2024, and has a monthly newsletter called 'Springboard'. He's also written for many other publications including WIRED, MacFormat, Bloody Disgusting, VGC, GamesRadar, Nintendo Life, VRV Blog, The Loop Magazine, SUPER JUMP, Gizmodo, Film Stories, TopTenReviews, Miketendo64, and Daily Star.

  • scruffypig said:
    Apple's useful adapter for transferring images and videos has suddenly stopped working on iOS and iPadOS 16.5.

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    Mine works fine. No problems. Mine has two ports, one for USB A and one for Lightning, not USB C, since some USB 3 devices require more power than the iPhone can provide. The Lightning port is only for power and not for data transfer. There is no USB 3 Camera Adaptor from Apple with USB C.

    Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter